If anyone was going to be the Forrest Gump of the Russian Federation investigation, we're lucky it was Guardian reporter Luke Harding.
The bank reportedly settled with USA regulators some time this year, CNN reported in November.
Russian Federation has denied interfering in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion. And a few years earlier, Harding happened to be on assignment in Ukraine, where he happened to interview an American political consultant named Paul Manafort about the work he was doing for Russia's preferred presidential candidate.
But after publication, Trump's lawyers said in a statement that the story was false.
Now Harding has incorporated those stories, along with other relevant experiences - such as the time the FSB broke into his home in Moscow, presumably to bug it, and left a book on sex and relationships on his bedside table - into a book, Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money and How Russian Helped Donald Trump Win.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for documents related to business with President Trump and members of his family.
Mueller sought records from Deutsche Bank. The bank sued to force Trump to pay a portion of the debt: $40 million plus legal fees and interest. "We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources", Dowd wrote in a statment.
Deutsche Bank countersued and the two sides eventually settled.
Trump's case, of course, was thrown out. The former real-estate baron has done billions of dollars' worth of business with Deutsche Bank over the past two decades, and First Lady Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner are also clients. Deutsche Bank. He paid the bank's real estate division back with money borrowed from its personal wealth division. It's actually welcome news for the bank.
He later said the bank in question was Deutsche Bank.
At the bottom of the story is a small correction: "Corrects story published December 5 that said Mueller "zeroed in" on Trump's business dealings". The lion's share, a $170-million loan, relates to the luxury hotel the Trump Organization opened in Washington, D.C. inside the refurbished Old Post Office building.
A US official with knowledge of Mueller's probe said one reason for the subpoenas was to find out whether Deutsche Bank may have sold some of Trump's mortgage or other loans to Russian state development bank VEB or other Russian banks that now are under USA and European Union sanctions.
Deutsche Bank earlier this year rebuffed efforts by Democratic U.S. lawmakers to get more information on its dealings with Trump as well as any information it may have about whether the Republican, his family or advisers had financial backing from Russian Federation. We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources.
Trump told the New York Times this past summer he would consider it a "violation" if Mueller were to expand the probe beyond Russian Federation.
The Wall Street Journal likewise initially reported, "Trump's Deutsche Bank Records Subpoenaed by Mueller", before updating its headline to, "Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank Records Related to Trump". But that point of convergence is no doubt what Robert Mueller is after with his subpoena request Tuesday.